Ashley Rodeheaver and Ashley Nicolas of Clear Mountain Bank's Kingwood branch, proudly led the way for the WVU Marching Band at the Buckwheat Festival parade on Saturday, September 30, 2017.Ashley Rodeheaver and Ashley Nicolas of Clear Mountain Bank's Kingwood branch, proudly led the way for the WVU Marching Band at the Buckwheat Festival parade on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Clear Mountain Bank Proud to Support Buckwheat Festival

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017

This past weekend marked the 76th anniversary of the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, and here at Clear Mountain Bank, we are proud that our bank and many of our individual team members continued the long-standing tradition of providing time, talent and financial support to this year’s festival. 

Our own Donna Thomas-Hart served as this year’s General Chairman of the festival and dedicated countless hours over the past 12+ months planning and coordinating this fantastic event. Donna represented our bank and the entire Preston County community very well. One of the perks of being the General Chairman is that you get to ride in the parades, and we want to thank Roger Metheny for serving as Donna’s personal chauffer as he drove her in the Clear Mountain Bank Roadster.

Numerous team members generously volunteered to help in various roles during the festival. Tim Calvert and Harry Hayes, together with our Board Chairman, Roger Hardesty, served on the Finance Committee. A special thanks to Tonya Myers, Kim Abbey, Ashley Nicolas, Ashley Rodeheaver, Marsha Gribble, Kathy Roy, Tanja Adams, Vicky Whetsell, Bo Burnside, Lisa Schnopp, Joe Lemine, Jeff Jenkins and Brenda DeLauder for helping in many capacities, such as selling tickets at the Buckwheat dinners, parking cars, manning the information booth, and assisting in the Bingo tent.  

The bank provided the sponsorship to bring the “Pride of West Virginia,” WVU’s Marching Band, to the Festival as the feature of Saturday’s Farmer’s Day Parade. Ashley Rodeheaver and Ashley Nicolas proudly carried the Clear Mountain Bank sponsorship banner as they led the WVU Marching Band along the parade route. Following the parade, the band also provided a field performance. 

Dave Thomas, CEO and President of the bank attended the livestock auction on Saturday night along with his dad Paul Thomas and his nephew and bank employee, Chase Thomas, where they purchased four animals on behalf of the bank. The animals sold at the livestock auction are raised by local youth who exhibit them at the festival. It takes hard work and dedication to raise these animals. The livestock purchased by the bank will be donated to the Bruceton School, Terra Alta Betterment and the Preston County Livestock Association Scholarship Fund.

Clear Mountain Bank is proud to be a part of this time-honored community event. Congratulations to the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department and thanks again to all the volunteers who helped make this year’s festival a huge success.

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